Thursday, March 20, 2008
The “right” to do or have certain things often comes only after payment has been made to obtain said “right.”
For instance…You don’t have the right to walk out of a supermarket with a bag of groceries unless they have been paid for. You don’t have the right to fly on a commercial airline unless you have paid for a seat.
Rights and payments often go hand and hand. Keep that in mind as we consider John 1:12, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”
It seems funny to think that we have the “right” to be children of God. It seems much more reasonable to say that we have the right to go to hell. But, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, He has paid the debt we owed, and now, because of the legality and judicial nature of the cross, those who have accepted Christ’s lordship actually have the RIGHT to be children of God.
Now, you don’t have the right to waltz into the White House and sit down at the President’s desk. You don’t have the right to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. But, if you are a follower of Christ, you do have the right to come boldly before the throne of God in Heaven.
Being a child of God is much more precious than being only a creation of God. Therefore, Jesus paid a great price to give us the right to be adopted into the family of the King. So, let’s not let our Father down. Let’s do the family proud! Jesus died to give us the right to be children of God. Therefore, through love and holy living, let’s show Him that the price He paid was not paid in vain.